Thomas Muir Heritage Trail

Thomas Muir Heritage Trail

Thomas Muir Heritage Trail

In 1792, at the age of seventeen, Thomas Muir abandoned his Divinity studies at Glasgow University in favour of Law. This was also the year Thomas’s father bought property at Huntershill in the Parish of Cadder and Thomas adopted the style of extended name then customary in Scotland and became Thomas Muir, Younger of Huntershill.

When the French Revolution stimulated a desire for parliamentary reform in Britain, Muir associated himself with the radical wing of the movement.  He was charged with sedition and stood trial on 30th August, 1793 for "exciting a spirit of disloyalty and disaffection", for recommending Thomas Paine’s "Rights of Man" and for distributing and reading aloud inflammatory writings. Muir defended himself at the trial but was found guilty by Lord Braxfield and four other anti-reform judges and sentenced to fourteen years transportation to Botany Bay in Australia.

In 1796 Muir arranged his escape to America aboard the "Otter".  Shipwreck, captivity among Native Americans, detention in Mexico and imprisonment in Havana followed.  Whilst returning to Europe he was severely wounded in a naval engagement with the "Ninfa".  It was as a result of these wounds that he died less than two years later at Chantilly in France.

Muir's international reputation is undoubtedly secure and East Dunbartonshire Leisure & Culture Trust aims to ensure his reputation at home is equally celebrated and marked.

He is justly remembered as the Father of Scottish Democracy.

For more information on Thomas Muir and the Heritage Trail visit

Points of interest

Thomas Muir Heritage Trail
18km in length running from Clachan of Campsie by Lennoxtown to Huntershill, Bishopbriggs, the route offers a great walking or cycling experience.
The Auld Kirk Museum
Kirkintilloch houses one of Scotland's smallest 4-star visitor attractions – the Auld Kirk Museum.
Mugdock Country Park
Large country park with historic buildings, lochs, ponds, woodland and hills with restaurant, shop and business facilities.
Merkland Local Nature Reserve
Merkland is a mosaic of woodland, wetland and grassland with open water and burns developed on a former colliery site.
Loch Ardinning Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve
Loch Ardinning is a visitor-friendly wildlife haven with 142 hectares of varied habitat, including wetland, woodland, grassland and moorland. The loch itself supports a number of wintering and breeding wildfowl and is rich in invertebrate life.
Lenzie Railway Station
Lenzie Moss Local Nature Reserve
Visit in summer to enjoy the range of butterflies and dragonflies.
Kirkintilloch Town Centre
Kirkintilloch is a historic and strategic town. Latterly it produced internationally-recognised red telephone boxes.
Dunglass Hill
This volcanic plug sits right beside the path near Strathblane and although not as high as the nearby Campsie Fells, is still worth a quick ascent to catch the view of the surrounding area.
Dumbreck Local Nature Reserve
The Marsh is an open area of countryside, including ponds and large areas of grassland.
Cort-ma Law, Campsie Fells
A popular walk to a well-loved summit above Lennoxtown via the Crow Road car park.
Colzium Estate
Visitors can explore the many trails and splendid gardens, and also view the castle ruins on the estate.
Bar Hill
The highest fort on the Antonine Wall, containing the foundations of the headquarters building and bath-house.


Wheelcraft - Bike Servicing and Parts
West Highland Wheels - Bike Hire
Providing mobile bike hire services in Milngavie, Drymen, Balloch, Strathblane & Kilsyth, including one-way hire. 07031985411
The Tea Room at the Twechar Healthy Living Centre
The Tea Room sits within the Healthy Living and Enterprise Centre, offering homemade soups and baking as well a hearty meal or a snack.
Kilsyth's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.
Cycle Wize Parts and Servicing
0141 775 3722
Campsie Glen Gallery and Coffee Shop
01360 313049



01236 823216

The Boat House

01236 807480

Stoury Bothy

07789 551707

Spotty Dog Campsite

This site has been specifically setup for walkers doing the John Muir way. The hosts ARE animal friendly, have toilets on site, fresh water is supplied, they have a rainwater pot wash, fire pits, Undercover cooking area and a small shop. Booking is essential as their campsite is small and has a limited amount of pitches. PRICES are from £6.50per person.


01360 771771

KINCAID HOUSE HOTEL, Milton of Campsie.

0141 776 2226


01360 310790

Finglen House B&B

01360 310279


01236 821649